Management Team

Ben Ognibene

Ben Ognibene

Chief Executive Officer

ben@concordm.com
(203) 951-9390

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Starting as a broker trainee, Ben climbed his way to chief executive officer managing every aspect of the commercial business along the way.  The latter half of his 25-year career has been focused exclusively on providing leadership in the management and development of international third-party tanker pools.

Career Highlights

  • CEO, Board Member – Heidmar
  • Board Member – WOMAR
  • Projects Desk – Poten & Partners
  • Broker trainee – Seabrokers
  • Lehigh University
Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley

Chief Operating Officer

jim@concordm.com
(203) 951-9350

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With 30 years chartering experience from the viewpoint of both an operator and charterer, Jim has seen it all. A graduate of New York Maritime College, he sailed for five years as an officer on a variety of merchant vessels. Jim spent the first half of his career ashore providing chartering and logistics services for high volume multinational oil companies and traders. Repeatedly tested with challenging assignments, he consistently succeeds utilizing effective chartering strategies across the global crude tanker markets.

Career Highlights

  • Managing Director, Suezmax & VLCC Pools – Heidmar
  • Manager, Chartering and Logistics – Hess Oil
  • Chartering Manager – Bayway Refining, Tosco, Phillips 66
  • SUNY Maritime College
Kristen Fugiel

Kristen Fugiel

Controller

kristen@concordm.com
(203) 951-9380

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For nearly 20 years Kristen has performed accounting, auditing, managing, and controlling functions with a focus, the past 11 years, on tanker pools. Reporting and transparency are fundamental pillars of pool management, a discipline Kristen has perfected during her many years managing third party ships. Her early training from Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young has provided her with a thorough foundation to her craft.

Career Highlights

  • Assistant Controller – Heidmar
  • Accounting Supervisor – Warnaco
  • Senior Auditor – Ernst & Young LLP
  • Marist College
Nikolaos Kontos

Nikolaos Kontos

Director, Operations

niko@concordm.com
(203) 951-9373

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A Greek family lineage rich in sailing history made Niko’s early choice as a seafarer a natural one. His experience on tankers, container vessels, bulkers, and general cargo ships has provided him with solid groundwork for his shore-side career. The depth and breadth of his operational experience is consistently on display through his resourceful out of the box thinking. He effectively maximizes commercial considerations while maintaining the highest level of safe operations.

Career Highlights

  • Fleet Manager, Aframaxes – Heidmar
  • Chief Mate license, unlimited tonnage, USCG
  • SUNY Maritime College
Noreen McCarthy

Noreen McCarthy

Director, Pools

noreen@concordm.com
(203) 951-9383

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Noreen is responsible for all the unheralded behind the scenes work critical towards pools achieving and maintaining equitable, current, and user-friendly status. A 17-year veteran in the pool management business she has provided quality control, documentation, pool formula creation, and management services to leading international pools. Noreen has steadily built her stature-accumulating experience along the way from Stolt-Nielsen, American Marine Advisors, International Product Tankers (OMI), and Heidmar.

Career Highlights

  • Manager, Quality Control, Pools – Heidmar
  • Coordinator, Sigma, Star, Seawolf – Heidmar
  • Trained at Stolt-Nielsen